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What should I do if I need to change my employees’ salary or working hours, or if I’m unable to come to an agreement with them?

If the terms and conditions of an employment contract (or collective agreement) need to be changed, both you and your employees (and the unions, where applicable) should negotiate and try to reach an acceptable agreement, taking into consideration business needs and your employee’s concerns.

If you can’t reach an agreement with your employees:

  • The initial contractual terms and conditions must remain unchanged.
  • You or your employees can serve notice and end the employment relationship.
  • You are not allowed to change the employment terms and conditions without your employee’s consent.

To prevent misunderstandings or disputes, a written agreement with the new terms and conditions clearly stated, whether temporary or permanent, should be signed, where possible (e.g. electronic signature).